Gov. Nathan Deal has called a press conference today to announce a new economic development project.
The project is expected to be a massive Facebook data center near Social Circle, people familiar with the matter said. The Silicon Valley-based social media giant's plans for the server farm at Stanton Springs were previously reported. Stanton Springs is near the Shire pharmaceutical plant along I-20, about 40 miles east of downtown Atlanta.
The Atlanta area has been a hot bed for data center development in recent years, given its stable power grid and fiber internet infrastructure and growing population base. A representative for the state Department of Economic Development declined to comment, and a Facebook representative did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Google has a server farm complex in Douglas County, and operator Switch announced plans in 2017 for a $2.5 billion campus in Douglas, as well. The expensive complexes help power the Internet, though they generally create few permanent jobs.
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